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Portsmouth City Health Dept. Adds Mobile Unit

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(Portsmouth)- The Portsmouth City Health Department announces the acquirement of a mobile health unit to take their services to the community.

The unit contains a triage room, a fully functioning exam room, cold storage for vaccines, and many other amenities. Funding for the unit was made possible through partnership with the Ohio HEALing Communities Study; a collaboration between The Ohio State University, University of Cincinnati, RecoveryOhio, and community leaders to identify what components of evidence-based interventions lead to preventing and reducing opioid misuse and overdose deaths.

Federal funding for the project was provided by the NIH HEAL Initiative https://heal.nih.gov/. The HEALing Communities study has been working in Scioto County since 2019.

“We encourage you to visit the website to find out more about the study and what you can do to help. In addition to reducing opioid overdose deaths though the distribution of Naloxone, the unit will be used to address the barrier of transportation to health care for the citizens of Portsmouth”, according to Portsmouth City Health Department news release.

“We will be able to go to the underserved populations in our community to provide a variety of health care services such as childhood and adult vaccines (including COVID, to age-appropriate persons), reproductive health and wellness, chronic disease (high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, etc.) management and other types of community outreach. The Health Department Clinic is not licensed to do any type of pain management, for that you will need to seek other providers. Thank you to the HEALing Communities Study for making it possible to improve the health of the citizens of Portsmouth.”

New Park Coming To Scioto County

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The Scioto County Commissioners are announcing plans for a new park at the Greenup Dam. Commissioner Scottie Powell announced on his Facebook page that the Army Corps of Engineers have agreed to lease the park to the County Commissioners.

(Photo from Leadership Portsmouth)

“This beautiful location will boast a fully accessible playground for children of all abilities, updated shelter houses, a fully renovated restroom facility and, in collaboration with the Green Township Trustees, a dedicated 7 mile loop multi-use road for running, walking, and biking.”

Powell added, “Funds for this park will come from multiple grants to provide this new recreational offering to our citizens.”

The area is near State Route 253, ringed inside Kenyon Road.

Shawnee State Forest Expanded by More Than 1,200 Acres

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(Columbus) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Mary Mertz announced today that the Shawnee State Forest will expand by more than 1,200 acres.

(Photo Courtesy of ODNR Division of Forestry)

“By growing Shawnee State Forest, we are securing, protecting, and conserving important land in Ohio for the future,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “The expansion will significantly increase Ohio’s largest contiguous block of forest, enhancing biodiversity and providing a mix of recreational opportunities, as well as other direct and indirect benefits to all Ohioans.”
ODNR’s Division of Forestry acquired the property with a federal partnership grant through the Forest Legacy Program.
The 1,252-acre tract in Scioto County is approximately 75 miles south of Columbus and 65 miles east of Cincinnati. The land, located near Shawnee State Park and The Nature Conservancy’s Edge of Appalachia Preserve, is now part of the state forest. This purchase will allow ODNR to partner with the Buckeye Trail Association and reroute a section of the Buckeye Trail off the road and through the wooded area.
“This partnership with the Buckeye Trail Association will provide people with an amazing opportunity to see our largest state forest,” said Director Mary Mertz. “More public land under conservation management will protect water quality, improve wildlife habitat and forest products, increase recreational opportunities, and improve ecosystem services for the local community and people all over the state.”
Ohio’s Forest Legacy Program, which uses perpetual working forest agreements or fee-simple purchase on working forest lands, was established in 2005. The Division of Forestry has obtained Legacy Program funding to permanently protect 9,720 acres of important working forest land within Ohio. More information about the program can be found here and by searching for “Forest Legacy” at ohiodnr.gov.
In addition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service’s financial support provided with grant cost-share from the state, the Ohio Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Ruffed Grouse Society both contributed funds to support the acquisition.

Tree Trimming To Temporarily Close State Route 335 In Scioto County

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(ODOT)- State Route 335 will be closed daily for tree trimming work by Scioto County ODOT crews starting January 10th.

Work will be performed daily from 8am-4pm Monday through Friday between Barklow Road and Gampp Lane.

State Route 335 will be open with no restrictions outside of working hours. The estimated completion date is January 21st by 4pm.

During periods of closure, traffic will be detoured via State Route 335, State Route 139, and U.S. Route 52.